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​Buddhist statue made of flowers in Da Lat recognized as world’s biggest

Monday, December 18, 2017, 14:09 GMT+7

A Buddhist statue made of flowers in Da Lat, a popular destination in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, has been named the world’s largest.

The Vietnam Book of Records, authorized by the World Records Union, recognized the statue in Linh Phuoc Pagoda, in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, as the world’s biggest Buddhist statue made of flowers on Sunday.

The 17-meter-tall display features the Avalokiteśvara bodhisattva.

According to the Venerable Thich Tam Vi, abbot of the pagoda, the statue was built in front of the seven-story bell tower between November 25 and December 31, 2009, on the occasion of the third Da Lat Flower Festival.

The event is the country’s largest flower festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.

This year, the festival is scheduled to run from December 23 to 27.

The statue has a steel core and is made of about 650,000 everlasting flowers, weighing in at 1.6 metric tons.

The blooms are renewed every two years.

The work was honored with the Vietnamese record in 2010 and Asia’s record in 2012.

Built in 1949, Linh Phuoc Pagoda is one of the most famous destinations in Da Lat.

It is located about 12 kilometers from the city center.

The pagoda currently holds 13 Vietnamese records, one Asian record, and a world record, contributing to the promotion of Buddhism to both local and foreign visitors.

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